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Kitchen fire extinguished; check conditions before outdoor burns

At approximately 4:11 p.m., Feb. 19, Pike County Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 568 Eppinger Bridge Road. The fire was extinguished using around 10,000 gallons of water.

“Upon arrival firefighters found flames showing from the roof. A neighbor reported the fire as no one was home at the time. The family dog and fish were rescued without apparent injury by firefighters,” said PCFD public information officer Anita Neath. “The fire is believed to have started in a kitchen receptacle.”

PCFD personnel were on scene for approximately three hours.

According to CFD public information officer Anita Neath, there were several outdoor burning fires in Pike over the weekend.

“As of July 1, 2021, the Georgia outdoor burning requirements have changed. No permit is required for hand-piled natural vegetation/yard debris meaning leaf and limbs only. Although no permit is required, citizens are encouraged to always check the Fire Weather Forecast and Current Fire Danger Rating for their area before initiating any type of outdoor burn,” she said. “Please visit Georgia Forestry Commission’s website, and click Burn Permits and Notifications for more.”

PCFD firefighters responded to a reported fire at 1316 Smyrna Church Road, Sunday, Feb. 25, at around 4:15 p.m. The residents stated they started a fire to burn off some brush. The wind changed direction several times, causing fire to spread rapidly. PCFD fire personnel and Northside Volunteer Fire Department units worked to control the fire spread until Georgia Forestry Commission arrived to contain the fire.

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